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Emergency Procedures: Medical Emergency


Call USC Police at 911, request medical assistance, and tell the dispatcher:

  • Your location
  • Type of injury or illness of victim
  • Victim's status (conscious, breathing, or bleeding)
  • Age of victim

  • Stay on the phone until released by the dispatcher

  • Check the scene for any danger or hazards like exposed electrical wires, broken glass, or chemicals before providing aid
  • If properly trained, administer basic life support (CPR or first aid), otherwise wait for professional help
  • DO NOT attempt to give ANY medical advice unless properly trained
  • DO NOT move the victim unless he is in immediate danger
  • DO NOT jeopardize your health or the health of the victim


  • Check to see if victim's airway is open, if he is breathing, and if he has a heartbeat
  • If you are trained to do so, administer CPR if needed
  • If you are trained to do so, locate and use an automated external defibrillator (AED)


  • Remove the victim from source of burn
  • Be careful not to contaminate or injure yourself


  • Flush the wound area with cool water (DO NOT use ice)
  • DO NOT apply any creams or lotions


  • Brush the chemical from the skin using gloves
  • After brushing chemical off the skin, flush the area with cool water


  • Use gloves and other protective gear
  • Apply firm, gentle pressure to the wound with a clean cloth
  • Immobilize the wound
  • If you come in contact with any blood or bodily fluids, wash with soap and water, then seek medical attention
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